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Ceramic Tile FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ceramic Tile Floors

What do I need to know about grout?

Grout is available in many colors to coordinate with your stone or tile choice. The finished grout color is affected by moisture, temperature and installation techniques. Because of these variables, the installed shade may differ from a showroom sample. Choose grout color to blend rather than match. Also look for grout formulas that contribute to stain-resistance and mildew-resistance.

Will my stone or tile floor be slippery?

Slip-resistance will vary with the type of stone or tile. Most Ceramic tile flooring has the same slip resistance as other hard surface floors like as vinyl or wood. All floors are slippery when moisture is present, so remember to place mats entrances.

Are sealers really necessary on sedimentary stone flooring?

Yes. Sedimentary materials like travertine, sandstone and limestone are porous and readily absorb liquids and moisture. Any liquids spilling onto the surface will seep into the body of the unsealed stone. This can negatively affect how your stone floor will look over time. A sealer will ensure that potential staining materials remain on the surface until you remove them.

What factors influence the cost of natural stone flooring?

The price of stone flooring depends on several factors, including where the stone comes from, how unique the source or color is, and how hard it is to cut. The more expensive stones tend to be rare or have special characteristics.

What can be done if tiles become broken or irreparably damaged?

If damaged, individual flooring pieces can be easily replaced without impacting the entire floor. Your whole floor does not have to be torn up and replaced, just the damaged area. This is why it’s a good idea to keep extra stone or tile pieces on hand.

Are all tiles suitable for flooring?

No, you need the right tile for the right place. Not all tiles can be used for flooring. Floor tiles must be able to withstand continuous stresses without breaking. Other factors to consider when selecting tiles for flooring are abrasion, chemical and stain resistance.